There’s a Cloverfield follow-up film coming in two months – and we’re only just finding out about it!

For quite a long time now, a secret Bad Robot project had been listed with a March 31st release date. We were starting to suspect that the whole thing was a red herring, or that it was mistaken information by the distributor. But sure enough, JJ Abrams had a film up his sleeve – and it’s a follow-up to the surprise hit of 2008, Cloverfield.

Titled 10 Cloverfield Lane – and previously known by the working title Valencia – the film is making its debut with a teaser trailer attached to Paramount’s 13 Hours. JJ has confirmed it was all part of a master plan in a statement to Collider, who broke the news earlier today:

“The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”

The film stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr, and takes us into a tense situation – the trio stuck in a fallout shelter, with some form of a chemical attack having happened outside. Being stuck in the same universe as the original film, could this take us into the moments after the end of the original film, when Government decimated New York City in a presumably failed attempt to kill the monster? Just like the original film, the trailer gives us more questions than answers…

Now updated with official trailer:

It will be released in the USA on 11th March, while Paramount is listing its Australian release date as 31st March. A formal announcement should be made in the next few days.